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Monday, March 14, 2011

Scholarship judges' work appreciated
The VFW Ladies Auxiliary would like to express thanks to the people who served as Judges for this year's Vicki Webb Nelson Scholarship Program. They read the essays submitted by 20 graduating seniors who plan to further their education, have been active in their church, school and/or community and are in need of some financial assistance. Sincere thanks to Joyce Fischer, Paul Fischer and Sherril Miller for their willingness to serve as judges this year.

'Let the big ones go'
Have you ever been halibut fishing in Kachemak Bay or Cook Inlet? Have you ever competed in the Homer Halibut Derby? Have you ever caught a large halibut? These are the questions I ask you as readers. In Homer, there is a derby that is known as the "Homer Halibut Derby." People try to catch the biggest halibut they can and if they do the derby gives them money.

Tsunami alert rattles Homer: Sirens, warning gets emergency officials hopping
A tsunami alert that went off Thursday at 11:30 p.m. gave Kachemak Bay and lower Cook Inlet a brief scare and lit up the phones at the Homer Police Department.

Tlingit dance infuses school
JUNEAU (AP) -- Children with Tlingit headpieces, paddles and raising voices danced their way through the halls of Gastineau Elementary on a Friday evening.

Perfect spot for a good book: Program seeks to encourage teens to read more
Reading is dead, or at least it seems that way. The act of curling up with a good book is rapidly fading into quaint obscurity with the likes of baseball card and stamp collecting.

As crude prices rise, so do prices at Peninsula pumps
With gasoline prices topping $4 a gallon this week, words like "outrageous," "ridiculous" and "a rip off" filled the air at local gas stations as residents hesitantly filled up their tanks.

Back in the office: Legislators get to work on oil taxes, coastal management
Legislators returned to work in Juneau March 7 after three days at meetings of the Energy Council in Washington, D.C.

On the move: Volunteers, librarians ready addition at Kenai library
The massive movement of nearly 60,000 books from the old Kenai Community Library to the new addition has kept the facility on track for its reopening on March 28.

Rev. Eugene Boblette
A celebration of life is planned for Soldotna resident Rev. Eugene Boblette at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 46457 Franke Road in Soldotna. All those who knew Mr. Boblette are invited to come and share in fellowship. It will be potluck. To RSVP and for directions, contact Nicole at 206-922-9509, or Tracy at 907-398-3646.

Amanda Renee Berg
Kenai and Nikiski resident Amanda Renee Berg died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at Central Peninsula Hospital, in Soldotna. She was 25.

Who will help us take the next giant leap?
"For the final time: wheels stop," said commander Steven Lindsey as the Space Shuttle Discovery rolled to a stop Wednesday. And with that, the world's most flown spacecraft returned from orbit to become a museum piece.

Stuff
I was visiting with a friend a while back and she mentioned that she'd cleaned out her cupboards recently and had given a lot of the excess stuff to her kids. "It's amazing what you can collect in forty or fifty years," she commented. She inspired me, so I began the task of lightening the load in my kitchen cupboards.

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April is Autism Awareness Month

Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers host SAR drill
Thirty-five people from private, borough, and state organizations came together this past weekend for the second annual Search and Rescue (SAR) Drill hosted and coordinated by the Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers in the Caribou Hills outside of Ninilchik on Feb. 26. Besides representatives from the Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers organization, individuals from the Homer Snomads, the Alaska State Troopers, Central Emergency Services, Ninilchik Emergency Services and Fire Department (a volunteer organization), and the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management participated in what was intended to be a two-day drill. Unfortunately, severe weather conditions including high winds and wind chill temperatures at minus 20 or lower caused the second day of the drill to be canceled. The high winds also prevented the participation of the LifeMed Alaska helicopter and crew based in Soldotna.

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